Greenpeace Netherlands has released 171 pages of previously undisclosed documents from secret talks for an EU-Mercosur trade agreement. Greater public access to EU-MERCOSUR negotiating documents is good for democracy and will enable more balanced and transparent public participation by experts, politicians, civil society and the media. The European Commission has itself frequently highlighted the importance of democratic principles and transparency.
EU-MERCOSUR negotiations re-launched 2010 and the trade blocs are aiming to conclude them in 2018. The leaked documents are dated July 2017 (plus one document from 2016). The original documents have been retyped to protect our sources.
Whether you care about environmental issues, animal welfare, labour rights or internet privacy, you should be concerned about what is in these leaked documents. They underline the strong objections civil society and millions of people around the world have voiced: EU-MERCOSUR is once again about a huge transfer of power from people to big business.
You can download all the documents below, as a whole and per chapter. For more background info on the content of these documents and EU-MERCOSUR in general, please check here (pdf).